16 Sep

Syracuse outworked on glass in 71-59 loss to No. 14 Buffalo

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on December 18, 2018 at 11:47 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3center_img With about seven minutes left on Tuesday, Buffalo’s Davonta Jordan slid inside Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett. Jordan, a 6-foot-2 guard, stands six inches shorter than Brissett. But as UB’s Jeremy Harris rose up for a 3-pointer, Jordan established inside position near the left block. When Harris’ shot missed and deflected directly toward the left block, Jordan leaped up for the ball, came down with it and went back up to finish. His bucket broke a tie, put the Bulls up two and they never trailed again.“Coming into this game, we just knew we played harder than (Syracuse),” Jordan said. “Play hard, and things just fall right into place.”Syracuse (7-4) struggled to gather defensive rebounds all game during its 71-59 loss to No. 14 Buffalo (11-0). The Bulls hauled in 18 offensive rebounds and won the overall battle of the glass, 48-35. Syracuse is the tallest team in the country, per KenPom, but the Orange hold a rebounding margin over their opponents of just plus-4 this year. The 18 offensive boards from Buffalo on Tuesday were the most the Orange have allowed this season, and it cost them in their second-straight nonconference loss at home.It started right from the game’s opening possession. CJ Massinburg missed a jumper but gathered his own offensive rebound. Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes blocked Massinburg on his ensuing shot, but it was a sign of things to come.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBuffalo couldn’t cash in on the offensive glass early, as another possession a few minutes later finished with two misses from an offensive board in between. It gave the Bulls hope, though, believing they could win even though shots hadn’t fallen in the first half, they said after the game. But more than anything, it showed Syracuse’s centers still weren’t up to snuff.It’s been a topic of conversation all season. Head coach Jim Boeheim has criticized his centers after almost every game. Two losses in a row, to two mid-major opponents, Syracuse has been outrebounded by smaller opposition. Again, Boeheim harped on his centers’ play.“Our centers have not gotten better,” Boeheim said. “That’s pretty glaring right now.”The Bulls had to cash in eventually, and about three minutes into the second half, they started to. Harris missed a 3 but Jordan gathered in his first offensive rebound. In the second chance opportunity, Jordan got an open 3 and knocked it down. Syracuse had allowed the 6-foot-2 guard to grab an offensive rebound, even though he was shorter than all five of SU’s players on the floor.“They play a small lineup but they rebound well out of it,” Boeheim said.As Buffalo came back from its four-point halftime deficit, its offensive rebounding went dry. But that wasn’t Syracuse’s doing. Rather, the Bulls finally began to hit shots. Buffalo wasn’t changing its approach. It hindered SU’s fast break possibilities, as Boeheim pointed out that if a team can’t rebound, it can’t run. And as the Bulls had all game, they sent three or four guys to the glass every time.“They’re a physical team so they were just able to get inside position,” SU’s Jalen Carey said. “That’s things we got to learn off of. We want to rebound, and once we rebound, that’s able to get us into our offense. We want to get up and down. We had a little bit of trouble with it today, and as you could see, that’s why the game stayed the way it was.”But there was one more offensive rebound waiting to do Syracuse in. With under three minutes to go, Harris shot another 3 and missed, again. But UB’s 6-foot-8 Nick Perkins rose up along the right side of the lane. Marek Dolezaj, 6-foot-10, was in at center for Syracuse. Brissett was nearby, as were 6-foot-6 guards Elijah Hughes and Tyus Battle. It didn’t matter. Perkins rose above them all to snatch the ball.Two passes later, Massinburg sliced down the lane, spun and finished high off the glass. Buffalo didn’t cash in on all of its offensive boards, finishing with 12 second-chance points off of 17 offensive rebounds. But with Syracuse down five, less than three minutes to go and an absolutely necessary rebound suspended in mid-air, Syracuse didn’t want it enough. Perkins did.“I thought they were tougher than us,” Boeheim said, “the last 10 minutes especially.”last_img read more

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24 Dec

Fischer Shatters 39-Year-Old Drake Track Record

first_imgBy the fall of 1978, as a recent Drake alumnus, Nansel said he was running 16 miles per day. While at Drake he notched numerous accolades: he was a two-time MVC individual cross-country champion (1975, 1976), earned Drake’s Outstanding Athlete award (1977), and was a member of the NCAA Division I All-American teams for cross country (1976) and track (1978). Fischer’s time of 13:48:32 in the men’s university/college division 5,000 meters shattered a 39-year-old record set by Boyd Nansel, ED’78. The lifetime-best time snagged Fischer the Relays title and placed him among the top 20 event times in Division I athletics this year. “I’d love to see it go down as quickly as possible. I’d love to see one of my teammates beat it. But if it lasts another 40 years, that’s sweet also.” Women’s 10,000 Meters13. Bailee Cofer, 36:12.12 “He has been outstanding [in workouts], being there every day,” Coach Bob Ehrhart told The Times Delphic student newspaper at the time. “He has been averaging 85 miles a week, for each week he’s been in school. He’s a very dedicated man.” Before taking a victory lap with his white Relays champion flag, Fischer was enveloped in a mass of fellow students and members of the news media. Fischer said it was special for him to have Nansel there to cheer him on and support a legacy of Bulldogs track and field. Since then, Fischer has set a number of career milestones. Fischer came within a hair’s width of breaking the school outdoor record in the 5,000 meters last year, missing it by three one-hundredths of a second. He set the school’s indoor record at the Iowa State Classic earlier this year, won the MVC title in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters at the 2017 MVC Indoor Championship, became the 13th Bulldog to win the Missouri Valley Cross Country Championship, finished seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, and finished 50th at the NCAA Cross Country championships. Nansel, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, chose to study at Drake because the Bulldogs’ track and field reputation was second to none. When he enrolled in 1974, he was “a welcome surprise” to Drake’s track and field squad. Men’s 10,000 Meters21. Kyle Cass, 31:25.36 2017 Drake Relays – Thursday Drake University ResultsMen’s 5,000 Meters1. Reed Fischer, 13:48:32 “I’ve dreamed about this ever since I [enrolled at] Drake,” Fischer said. “It just means a whole lot.” DES MOINES, Iowa – When Drake University senior Reed Fischer crossed the finish line at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee on Thursday, he broke a school record that has stood since long before Drake’s famed Blue Oval was blue. Watch as senior @Drake_TFXC runner Reed Fischer takes title AND school record in the 5000m with a time of 13:48.32. Crank up the volume! pic.twitter.com/m9w31Jn9R8— Drake University (@DrakeUniversity) April 28, 2017 Nansel watched from the sidelines and ran onto the track to give Fischer a congratulatory hug as thousands of spectators celebrated the achievement. Nansel’s record was the oldest individual outdoor school record for the track program. When Fischer was asked by a news reporter if he thought his new record would stand for decades, he said: In addition to his athletic achievements, the public relations and English double-major has also acquired a trove of academic awards. Following his conference title, Fischer became an MVC Elite 18 Award winner, three-time MVC Runner of the Week, and a five-time Eagle Bank MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week this season, and was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.  Print Friendly Version “That’s one of the things that makes Drake special,” Fischer said. “We have a really strong track tradition, and a strong history here.” Fischer, a native of Minnetonka, Minn., and a track standout at Hopkins High School, also captured Drake’s attention during his freshman year. He finished 13th in the 5,000 meters at the MVC Indoor Championship and was honored at Drake with the Jim Garrison Leadership award given to an outstanding freshman student-athlete. “I just told him, ‘You did great’,” Nansel said. “It was time for somebody to break the record—so many good runners have competed for Drake over the years, and it’s so important for Reed that he’s done it.”last_img read more

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